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The Gaja family - Angelo in front, with from L-R Gaia, Giovanni, Lucia and Rossana

Alteni di Brassica 2018

Langhe
  • 75cl bottle

Well defined fruity notes (grapefruit, papaya, pear) with flower and spicy hints. Balanced body and refined structure in the month, supported by great freshness. Excellent bottle aging capacity

Vineyards

Alteni di Brassica is produced from vineyards covering approximately 3 hectares (7.5 acres) with a mainly calcareous clay soil.

Vintage

The winter 2018 was mild, dry, without snow and rainfall and it was followed by a very rainy and cold spring. A unique peak of heat occurred at the end of April (around 30°C) leading to an early bud break, then, rains and temperatures below the average continued across April, May and June, slowing down the entire growing season (1300 mm of rain and from March to June). In particular, between May 1st and June 14th (a time frame of 45 days) rains fell over for 24 days, making our effort in the vineyards particularly intense and complicated. The summer was less rainy (40-50 mm of rain) than spring but still required significant attention and care against powdery mildew. A bad hail storm unfortunately hit Barbaresco on Sunday July 17th, several vineyards got hurt, all with different intensity and only a few of them were saved (Roncaglie, Roncagliette and Trifulera). September 2018 was sunny, fresh, and windy, with great temperature exchanges between day and night, which permit the grapes to continue their ripening season. The harvest started at the end of August with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Due to the quite humid and mild vintage Nebbiolo harvest was expected to be delayed, however two hot weeks in mid-September made the grapes to ripe faster, shortened picking times, which finished on October 8th . Despite the hailstorm caused damage to some vineyards in Barbaresco, those in the Barolo area (La Morra and Serralunga d’Alba) showed an excellent ripeness of grapes, with high acidity, low pH and balanced concentration of sugar. Overall, were characterized by a balanced proportion between flesh and thick skins, high level of ripe and soft tannins, and intense and complex aromas and flavours.

Winemaking

Fermented and aged in oak for six to eight months.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted White Meats
  • Fish/Shellfish
  • Pizza/Pasta
  • Salads and Picnics
  • Mild Creamy Cheeses
A perfect match for grilled fish dishes and risottos